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What golden age?

What golden age?

Image caption Isabel (L) and Caris are cheerful but say the crisis has ruined their retirement plans Isabel Dubuc is a youthful 87 years old. She’s a petite woman but has a big smile and an even bigger voice. She launches into song, performing ‘Te Quiero, Dijiste’ by Mexican musician Maria Grever with gusto. Her […]

Hostages no more

Hostages no more

Image copyright Handout FBI Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman were rescued this month after being held captive for five years by a Taliban-linked insurgent group. But what were two Western backpackers doing in Afghanistan in the first place? “Looking back, I think it was two years before we saw any proof they were […]

Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia’s independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish cabinet is expected to approve measures allowing the government to impose direct rule over Catalonia. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy meets with his cabinet almost three weeks after the region held a referendum. The Spanish government says the vote was […]

Missing California hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

Missing California hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

Image copyright National Park Service Image caption The pair went missing in the arid desert park during the hottest of the summer A California couple who went missing in July in the Joshua Tree National Park are believed to have died in a murder-suicide pact, police have said. Rachel Nguyen, 20 and Joseph Orbeso, 22, […]

Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot out

Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot out

Image copyright AFP Image caption The clash took place near the Bahariya oasis (pictured) More than 50 Egyptian security forces have died during a clash with Islamist militants in the Western Desert. The militants opened fire on the group – a mix of police and armed forces – during a raid on their hideout near […]

Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation

Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation

Image copyright Ministerio da Justica Image caption Brazilian police used special software provided by the United States Police in Brazil say they have arrested 108 people in the biggest operation ever against paedophiles in Latin America. Suspects were arrested in 24 states and the capital, Brasilia. Justice Minister Torquato Jardim said those detained were part […]

The spacecraft graveyard

The spacecraft graveyard

Image copyright china manned space engineering Image caption China’s Tiangong I spacecraft is expected to fall to Earth soon China’s Tiangong-1 space station is currently out of control and expected to fall back to Earth next year. But not in the remote place where many other spacecraft end their days. Explorers and adventurers often look […]

Pablo Neruda 'did not die of cancer', say experts

Pablo Neruda 'did not die of cancer', say experts

Image caption Pablo Neruda Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of prostate cancer, forensic experts have said. The Nobel Laureate was said to have died of cancer in 1973, less than two weeks after a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. But his former driver Manuel Araya maintains he actually died after being […]

Positive noises

Positive noises

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May has been meeting with EU leaders in Brussels EU leaders refused to comment on the Brexit tensions inside Theresa May’s Conservative Party, but some might say this was the elephant in the room at the Brussels summit. For decades the UK’s disputes with the EU have mainly centred […]

King Felipe VI says Catalonia 'will remain' Spanish

King Felipe VI says Catalonia 'will remain' Spanish

Image copyright AFP Spain’s King Felipe VI has said Catalonia “is and will remain” an essential part of the country. It is his second intervention in the Catalonia secession crisis. He told an awards ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo that the Catalan government was causing a rift and Spain would solve the problem […]

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